World Heritage, recognised through the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972), are natural and cultural heritage considered of 'Outstanding Universal Value' to humanity. As such they represents our shared heritage and responsibility to preserve, conserve and protect.
In response World Heritage Catalysis seeks to address root causes of problems rather than symptoms and develop a theory of change including appropriate interventions allowing all World Heritage stakeholders an opportunity to engage with and benefit from World Heritage, and collaboratively address and achieve lasting improvements of societal issues.
Community of practice & change agents
Through World Heritage Catalysis everyone has the potential to become a change agent - a catalyst - contributing positive transformative change exploring the power of the commons and the practice of commoning in tourism and visitor management.
Organisation & governance
Emerging platform cooperative & participatory governance
World Heritage Catalysis AS is currently registered in Norway as a social enterprise. Facilitating an emerging commons-oriented community of practice in support of Word Heritage, the vision is for it to develop it into a hybrid organisation potentially including WHAO (World Heritage (Decentralised) Autonomous Organisation (DAO)) of WHETS accountholders and Catalysts. The illustration is adapted from Plantagons Companization model, and is a starting point to explore and develop an appropriate generative organisation supporting community members.
Copyrights & fairs
World Heritage Catalysis seek to apply Commons Based Reciprocity Licenses (CBRLs or “CopyFair” licenses) specifically designed to find a middle ground between the full-sharing Copyleft licenses (General Public licenses), Non-Commercial licenses, such as those offered by Creative Commons, and the copyright regime which privatises knowledge. (https://commonstransition.org/commons-based-reciprocity-licenses/)
Commitments & pledges
World Heritage Catalysis is an independent initiative and organisation with a mission to support implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972). Through its partnership with Zegeba it specifically supports UNESCO World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme in rollout of the World Heritage Visitor Management Assessment & Strategy Tool (VMAST). It is also provide VMAST users, and specifically site management authorities, relevant support and relevant resources.
As institutional member of Catalyst 2030, World Heritage Catalysis join forces with communities, governments, businesses and others changing systems at all levels through collective action and bold, new strategies.
As signatory to the Glasgow Declaration we declare our shared commitment to unite all stakeholders in transforming tourism to deliver effective climate action. We support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050. We will consistently align our actions with the latest scientific recommendations, so as to ensure our approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
Signed up to Tourism Declares Climate Emergency we declare our shared commitment to unite all stakeholders in transforming tourism to deliver effective climate action; we support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050; and will consistently align our actions with the latest scientific recommendations, so as to ensure our approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
The global development agenda (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) looks to the potential in information and communication technology (ICT) and global interconnectedness for accelerating human progress through development of knowledge societies. United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ITU) states under its ICT4SDG initiative that ICTs will be absolutely crucial to achieve towards the SDGs.
Building on ICT4D and the application of ICT to achieve social, economic and political development, World Heritage Catalysis seeks the use and development of technology benefitting marginalized people and communities. Seeking to contribute towards a commons based transition through use of commons convergent technologies, World Heritage Catalysis community of practice will be transparent in its use of both open as well as proprietary technologies applied and developed.
The World Heritage Exchange Trading System (WHETS) is incubated through World Heritage Catalysis with the vision to become an inclusive and innovative mechanism (global timebank / applying a time based credit) enabling collaborative exchanges and co-production among all World Heritage stakeholders. It aspire use of technology that build trust, not remove the need for trust and help shift the narrative from scarcity to abundance. WHETS is still a concept.